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Posted 2/5/2013 by cdnstorelady in NSBR Board
 

cdnstorelady
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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:54:25 PM
Update:

Hurray! 2.5 weeks after my post below, I am down 5 lbs! I just kept at it and added some exercise in the form of some brisk walks. I am motivated to keep at it and add some jogging back in and hopefully lose another 10 lbs...thanks for your encouragement!

OP:I started using MFP one week ago. I've only ever been successful in the past with WW but just didn't want to be counting points, paying for meetings, etc. so I rhought I'd try MFP because I heard about it here.

I would like to lose about 15 pounds. I am a runner, well from March to late Nov anyway, so I know once I can get outside again that will help. So I was surprised by the 1200 ish calories it started me at as that didn't seem like a lot but I thought I would do well on it. I've tried to be quite faithful in tracking everything and even the days I've gone over it would be less than 100 cals. I find the recipe function much easier on MFP than trying to figure out how many WW points were in an entire cassarole and then what portion was mine, etc.

Anyway, today I weigh in and after 7 days I am (don't bother with the drumroll) ....exactly the same weight as I started at. No few pounds of water weight, I am not on my period so no excess water retention...i know from past efforts it seems to come off in small chunks for me rather than a steady loss but really, nothing after week 1? That's discouraging.

Anyone else have a similar experience?

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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:56:57 PM
If you're breaking even in MFP and going over by 100 cal, you're just maintaining your weight. You need to stay under your calorie goal or adjust the goal numbers to fit your lifestyle better.




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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:04:19 PM
You only have about 15 lbs to lose and you are supposed to be at 1200 cals/day per MFP. MFP does not recommend going lower than 1200 no matter what. I know that calculation brings me to about 0.5 lbs lost per week. I will often go weeks at a time without seeing the scale budge and then it will move anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5lbs, never more. When you only lose about a half pound in a week, with normal fluctuations, it might not show at all in any given week. Just keep moving! Literally. The scale only moves when I do enough cardio.



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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:07:32 PM
Yup. Cardio. I have been doing this for about a month, and have lost (maybe) 2 pounds. Which reminds me... I have not weighed yet for this week.



cdnstorelady
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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:09:24 PM
Well, given I'm using a scale with a dial, not a digital, it's probably harder to see smaller losses...especially with my nearly age 50 eyes....but I always found that few pound loss week 1gave me the motivation to keep going and it's deinitely not there this time..

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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:45:39 PM
Get a new scale!

We have a good digital scale at home (Tanita is the brand), but I still wish it measured in smaller increments than 0.5. I'd just like to see some little progress some weeks to encourage me as well.



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Posted: 2/22/2013 6:50:38 PM
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